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unbob

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Posted: 10/19/22 04:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is there an "official" Bigfoot camper white color code (or other designation) I can use to match my 2006 white-colored camper?

I've tried several but so far none match exactly.

Any suggestions? TIA

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Posted: 10/19/22 04:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

if you take a piece of your camper to home depot they can scan the color and make you a match.

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There are better places to do color matching than Home Depot. We've never had them get a color right yet.

I'd try an autopart/boating store that deals with fiberglass if that is what you are trying to match. They have a lot of colors which you can put in a a sprayer.

Another option, call Bigfoot for advice.


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Posted: 10/19/22 09:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You already had some good advice for getting the colors matched. A professional paint shop will be a good choice and a fiberglass shop even better.

A word of warning. You will find that the camper is not all the same color. Fiberglass does not age / discolor at the same rate. On my NL I polled some window trim and on one side it was a little whiter under the trim than the fiberglass around it and on the other a lot whiter. Also I have seen a lot of fiberglass campers repainted and the ones that I saw LOOKED HORRIBLE!!! The paint was not as glossy and it peeled.

I have been told to do it correctly you need to sand, paint and top coat. Again I would hit up someone that deals with fiberglass to verify before you start.


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Posted: 10/19/22 09:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Big Foot campers aren't paint.. they are jel-coat. ask Bigfoot which color white they were using when your camper was manufactured.

Why does it require a repair?

* This post was edited 10/19/22 11:30pm by Tom/Barb *


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Posted: 10/20/22 06:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not only won't it be a great match, but Home Depot paint is house paint. Okay if you're painting drywall, but not so much on fiberglass.

Even a "perfect" automotive paint match won't be perfect. Unless you blend the new paint into the old color, it will always be noticeable.

But yeah, I don't think you're going to find a shade of Rustoleum that's going to be an adequate match. Personally it would not bother me if it was slightly off as long as it was painted.


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Posted: 10/20/22 08:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mkirsch wrote:

Personally it would not bother me if it was slightly off as long as it was painted.
Yeah, I agree. Perfection not required.

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Posted: 10/20/22 08:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tom/Barb wrote:

Why does it require a repair?
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Posted: 10/20/22 09:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Much thanks for all the replies!!

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This spring I was pushing my 2 year old Northstar 12 STC out of it's storage position in my pole barn to the middle bay where I load it onto the truck. Unfortunately, I hit my wife's Bowflex workout thing, and punched a couple holes through the front of the camper. After doing the body work to repair the holes, I needed to find matching paint. We have a NCS (National Coatings and Supplies) not too far away. They have a camera thing that they put up to the surface of the camper, and somehow they can mix the matching color and put it in a spray can. I think it was $40 or something, but it matched close to perfect. My buddy who has a body shop looked at it and said he couldn't see a difference.

Then I topcoated it with USC SprayMax 2K Glamour High Gloss Aerosol Clear. It's a two part acrylic resin. There's a button on the bottom of the can you push in to burst a packet inside the can, then shake to mix. You must spray within 48 hours or it solidifies in the can. It sprays very high gloss, and is hard as a rock, even hard to sand.

The only thing I can see from the repair is a difference in gloss around the repaired area. In the right lighting I can see a 1'x2' high gloss area surrounded by a 6 or 10" lower gloss area. Probably didn't hold the spray straight on at the end of each pass. I should probably mask and spray the whole front of the camper to have a consistent gloss, but it's pretty low on the priority list.


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